Montana panel considers letting school workers carry guns
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana legislator says schools would be safer if school employees with concealed weapons permits were allowed to bring their weapons to campus.
Republican Rep. Seth Berglee of Joliet argues that his bill would allow school employees to “defend and protect” students.
But a parade of parents and educators told members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that guns on campuses could lead to tragic consequences. Among those testifying was John Moffatt, who was shot in 1986 when a student opened fire at Fergus High School in Lewistown, where Moffatt was the vice principal. A substitute teacher was killed.
According to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, there have been at least 215 school shootings in the United States since 2013.
Man sentenced in Clint Eastwood documentary scam
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A man charged with persuading investors to give him more than $24,000 to produce a cowboy documentary he claimed would be narrated by Clint Eastwood has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, with nine years suspended.
The Missoulian reported Tuesday that Matthew McClintock was sentenced last week.
He previously pleaded guilty to not being registered to sell securities and offering to sell an unregistered security. Four other felonies were dropped as part of a plea deal.
Investigators say McClintock scammed investors into giving him money for the documentary, which he said would be aired by PBS. Instead, he is accused of spending the money on himself and to make interest payments to other investors.
Seventy-year-old McClintock has also been ordered to pay back the money he stole.
The Latest: 20,000+ tribal members warned of data breach
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Bureau of Indian Affairs spokeswoman says more than 20,000 members of two Montana American Indian tribes were notified of a potential data breach involving their personal information.
BIA Spokeswoman Nedra Darling says an external hard drive with details on tribal members was stolen last month from an agency law enforcement vehicle in Big Horn County.
Darling says the investigation has been turned over to the Big Horn County sheriff’s office to decide if criminal charges are warranted against those responsible for the theft.
The unencrypted device contained names, addresses, birthdates and tribal enrollment information for members of the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribes.
BIA Director Weldon Bruce Loudermilk said in a letter to tribal members that he was confident the hard drive was not accessed and no information was compromised.
Supco: State doesn’t have to pay in sexual harassment case
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that says the state does not have to pay a $744,000 settlement in a sexual harassment claim filed against a former eastern Montana judge.
Justices ruled 5-0 Tuesday in denying an appeal filed by Charlene Berdahl, a former court reporter for District Judge George “Jerry” Huss of Forsyth.
Berdahl filed a sexual harassment complaint against Huss with the Montana Human Rights Bureau in February 2014. In August 2014 the state informed Huss’ attorney, John Crist of Billings, that it would not consent to any settlement.
A month later, Huss settled the case as long as Berdahl agreed to seek the money from the state and not Huss.
The justices noted Berdahl could still pursue her complaint through the Montana Human Rights Bureau.
A 74-year-old Bozeman woman dies in residential fire
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Police in Bozeman say a woman was found dead after a fire in a multi-unit residence in the southern part of the city, east of the Montana State University campus.
Detective Sgt. Joseph Swanson says the fire was reported just after 4 p.m. Monday.
Firefighters extinguished the fire and during a search found a 74-year-old woman unresponsive. Efforts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful.
The Gallatin County coroner’s office tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (bit.ly/2knMidr) that Sheryl Anne Mooney died of carbon monoxide poisoning due to soot and smoke inhalation.
Deputy Fire Chief Trisha Wolford says the damage was contained to Mooney’s residence. None of the adjoining properties were damaged.
The fire is being investigated by the city police and fire departments.
Testimony resumes in Bundy ranch standoff trial in Nevada
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Testimony has resumed in federal court in Las Vegas in the trial of six men accused of wielding weapons to force federal agents to abandon a round-up of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle in April 2014.
A U.S. Bureau of Land Management agent, Rand Stover, returned to the witness stand Tuesday for questioning about escalating tension between government officials and Bundy family members in the weeks before the armed standoff.
Prosecutor Steven Myhre (MY’-ree) asked Stover on Monday about confrontations that led roundup supervisors to ramp up security around federal agents and contract cowboys enforcing court orders to collect Bundy cattle in March 2014.
The six defendants face of charges including conspiracy, firearm offenses and assault on a federal officer.
They’ve pleaded not guilty, and deny agents were threatened.